Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik split last year amid accusations he had struck her mother Yolanda – but have reportedly been focusing on co-parenting their daughter.
And on Monday, Gigi Hadid gave a rare friendly not to her ex Zayn Malik as she tagged him in an Instagram picture of their daughter Khai’s birthday cake.
Gigi, 27, who recently sparked romance rumors with Leonardo DiCaprio, captioned the snap: ‘Our little angel turned 2 today’.
The cake from Carlo’s Bakery included Peppa Pig characters made out of fondant and icing.
Ever since their breakup, this is not the first time that Gigi has given a nod to Zayn when it comes to their daughter’s special moments.
On Father’s Day 2022, she shared a rare photo on her Instagram Stories of the daddy-daughter duo.
It’s claimed that the couple’s split stemmed from ‘tension’ caused by Zayn accusing Gigi’s other Yolanda of leaking the news of their pregnancy in 2020, which led to the altercation where the Real Housewives star alleges Zayn struck her.
Zayn has denied her accusations, stating their exchange was simply ‘harsh words.’
The source added: ‘They co-parent. Yolanda is of course very protective of Gigi. She wants the best for her daughter and grandchild.’
A source told The Sun: ‘Tension really started between Yolanda and Zayn last year when he suspected she was the one who leaked their pregnancy news in the first place.
‘They were so grateful for that privacy and they were very upset when it came out. Zayn is a very, very private person and while dating him, Gigi has become a lot more private too.’
The source added that Zayn had ‘clashed’ with Yolanda because she does not feel ‘the same sense of privacy as he does.’
Sources have added that the pair haven’t ruled out reuniting in the future, and they ‘intend’ to get back together.
While fans were shocked by news of the altercation, sources claim that Zayn and Yolanda have always had a rocky relationship due to their clashing personalities.
An insider told The Sun: ‘Zayn lives an almost hermit like existence, he likes quiet, solitude, a slow pace, working on music – the farm/rural life suits him and they’ve been living at the ranch for a while.
‘Yolanda has always been very supportive of and involved in Gigi’s career and is always saying Zayn should do more to support her – walk red carpets with her, post about her on IG, at one point she even suggested a reality show and he was horrified.
‘That’s Zayn’s idea of a nightmare. It was almost like he was being guilt tripped as she’d always be hinting that Zayn’s reluctance to play the showbiz game was holding back Gigi’s career.’
It comes after Gigi had been pictured getting close to Leonardo DiCaprio at a party in New York City last week.
The 47-year-old actor was pictured with the model for the first time since news of their reported romance broke, in exclusive photos obtained by DailyMail.com.
The pairing appears to be the first time the Oscar winner has ever dated a woman older than 25, and Gigi would also be the first woman he has dated who is a mother.
Following the leaking of the new pictures, a source close to to the couple said while they are dating, they are ‘taking it slow,’ according to Page Six.
The source went on to say that the couple have been out together just the two of them as well as hanging out in groups with the pair not calling themselves ‘exclusive’ yet.
The person added: ‘[DiCaprio] is not someone who is in-and-out of relationships. He doesn’t jump around hooking up. They are taking it slow.’
Although Leonardo appears to have set his sights on Gigi, an insider told E! News last week that he is ‘enjoying being single,’ and the two are ‘not exclusive.’
A source close to the model also claimed to the publication that ‘neither of them want a relationship’ at the moment.
‘Gigi and Leo have hung out multiple times and are into each other. Gigi thinks he’s a really cool guy,’ they said.
‘Majority of their hangouts have stemmed from being in the same social circles at various parties.’
The actor and climate activist’s reported romance with Gigi comes following reports in recent days that he has been pursuing her.
However, earlier a source told Us Weekly last week that DiCaprio had ‘his sights set on Gigi,’ but ‘she doesn’t want to be romantic with [him] right now.’